Youth Forward scholarship 2016 – The World in a Nurse’s Eye

Name: Abigail Mangus
From: Bellaire, Texas
Votes: 0

Marina Sofia once
said, “I am all the places in which I’ve left my heart.” I
cannot describe the intensity with which this quote resonates with
me. I’ve lived all around the world- Colorado, Kuwait, Indonesia,
Angola, Texas and now Bangladesh. Five different countries, six
different schools, and too many friends to count. All have pieces of
me, but what I have of them is so much more. For me, the effect of
such an eye opening lifestyle has manifested the way I see the world,
how I identify myself, and what road I hope to pave for my identity
in the future.

It wasn’t until I
high school in Bangladesh that I began to develop significant
personal goals. With adolescence my interests in volunteerism
developed and more, specifically I became involved in ASF, a company
that works with survivors of acid abuse in Bangladesh, witnessing the
power of care and compassion on a victim’s healing. My volunteer
work there would last four years. My job in this small community of
students that helped ASF was to mainly comfort and provide support to
those who were recovering. I would meet women, men and children who
had their life’s stolen from them, but would proceed with
unparalleled hope and grace. They always attributed their well being
to the care of their nurses and doctors- something I would ultimately
be called to in the future.

As a result of my lifestyle I have had multiple opportunities to
volunteer in my community. From cleaning up highways in Angola, to
building huts here in Bangladesh- nothing has warmed my heart like
working with the victims of ASF. It’s inspired me to follow a path
as a nurse- to emanate what I’ve seen so many times at the ASF
clinic, to care and exude compassion for those that need it most. I
hope through my time in college, the professors and peers that I
meet, I can accomplish what Ralph Emerson emanates in this quote- “To
know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived, that
is to have succeeded”.

Join our Facebook group "Volunteers for a Better World".